- The definition of a caliphate is the rule of, or land ruled by, an Islamic political leader.
An example of a caliphate is an Islamic leader believed to be directly descended from Muhummad.
caliphate definition by Webster's New World
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- the rank or reign of a caliph
- the land ruled by a caliph
caliphate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Atatürk in 1924.